What is a Hybrid Car and How Does it Work?

2022 Kia Niro EV Charging

Manufacturers have ramped up hybrid and electric car research and production in the past decade or so – thus making hybrid cars a more realistically affordable alternative to the traditional gas-powered vehicle. Here at Sunset Kia of Auburn, we’ve got a wide range of vehicles available for Puyallup drivers, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, each with rivaling capabilities compared to our gas-powered selection. If you’re still a little hesitant about joining the EV or hybrid world – it may be due to a lack of information being provided, so we’re here to close the knowledge gap! How do hybrid cars work? Read on to find out! Don’t forget to reach out to us with any questions or if you would like to schedule a test drive!

Parallel Hybrid vs. Series Hybrid Vehicles

Whether you’re looking into a new Kia Niro or a Kia Sorento Hybrid, hybrid vehicles are an excellent choice for improving your fuel economy and reducing your carbon footprint. But just what exactly is a hybrid car? How do hybrid cars work? Are they similar to a gas-powered vehicle or vastly different?

Hybrid vehicles typically work by combining the forces of a gas-powered engine and a battery-powered electric motor. In hybrid car systems, these two power plants work together to propel you down the road efficiently. Here’s an example of the two main kinds of hybrid systems, parallel and series:

Parallel Hybrid

Most hybrids you’ll see on the market today are parallel hybrids. This name comes from the fact that both the gas engine and electric motor are connected to the transmission – whether it be automatic or manual.

Series Hybrid

Series hybridsare a little different and less common than parallel hybrids. They operate with only the electric motor connected to the transmission – and the gas engine is primarily used to power the electric motor and recharge the battery.

Test Drive a Hybrid Today at Sunset Kia of Auburn Near Sumner. 

How do hybrid cars work? Now you know! With this new extended knowledge about hybrid vehicles, you’re most likely left with a follow-up question: how do hybrid cars work for my Federal Way drives? Luckily, the Kia automotive experts at Sunset Kia of Auburn have you covered with consultation and test drives to help decide which kind of hybrid, if any, is right for you! On top of that, we also offer exciting and exclusive perks like Warranty Protection for Life, Oil Changes for Life and Sunset Auto Used Car Reconditioning programs. 


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